New Catholic school opens on site of old St. Elizabeth campus in Oakland

Where St. Elizabeth High School once stood for almost a century in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a renovated school has arisen with a new spirit, a new mission and even a new name: Cristo Rey De La Salle. It’s a school where students are expected to earn their subsidized tuition by working one … [Read More...]

SNAP calls for statewide abuse investigation in California

This week’s release of a scathing grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailing hundreds of previously unknown sexual abuse allegations against Catholic priests has sent disturbing new questions reverberating across California and the country: How many more victims are out there and how many more … [Read More...]

California bishops respond to recent scandals

Editor’s Note: The following reflection from Bishop Kevin Vann was written and submitted to OC Catholic newspaper on Wednesday, August 15, the feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady.  My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, It is with the utmost sorrow that I write to you in this time of great … [Read More...]

Latin Mass to be sung at San Quentin State Prison

Among the various initiatives of the recently rejuvenated Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, which is under the patronage of His Excellency Archbishop Cordileone and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Latin Mass is to return to San Quentin State Prison, with the first … [Read More...]

Pope Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants”

Under Pope Francis, the Church is now “openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture,” a Vatican adviser has said. In an admiring portrait of the Pope, Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Francis “breaks Catholic … [Read More...]

Onetime owner of Catholic Online website headed to prison

A man who years ago was the subject of Eyewitness News investigations after allegations surfaced that he defrauded a host of Catholic charities is now headed to prison. The Department of Justice announced Monday that 63-year-old Michael Galloway was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for tax … [Read More...]

“We want to learn how to teach children so they can sing beautifully”

Parish music directors, teachers, priests, and religious sisters gathered near San Francisco last week for a workshop helping them learn how to teach children and teens how to sing Gregorian chant. The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship held a Teaching Children's Chant Camp … [Read More...]

“Returning to the New Testament roots of the diaconate”

At St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, ordained four men to the transitional deaconate on Aug. 4. Bishop Barber wasted little time in putting Peter Lawongkerd, John Pietruszka, Javier Ramirez and Mark Ruiz to work. “Before mounting the pulpit tomorrow, to … [Read More...]

Why the Assumption makes the holy day cut

According to the Code of Canon Law, there are 10 holy days of obligation in the universal Church, though very few countries or dioceses actually require the faithful to observe all 10. Certain areas have holy days other than those on the Canon Law list. In most of the U.S. there are only five (in … [Read More...]

More than 10,000 sign petition to stop Fr. James Martin from speaking at World Meeting of Families

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition to withdraw an invitation to Fr James Martin from the World Meeting Of Families. The petition, started by the Irish branch of Tradition, Family, Property, opposes Fr Martin’s attendance on the grounds that he “supports trangenderism for children,” and … [Read More...]

Fresno bishop’s letter to judge who sentenced priest convicted of embezzlement

August 9, 2018 Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, on August 8 spoke at the sentencing hearing for Rev Ignacio Villafan.  Fr. Villafan was sentenced to five years probation.   To The Most Honorable Judge Gary Peden Your Honor, I want to express my … [Read More...]

Hollywood groups want more transgender inclusion in movies

A coalition of more than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies released an open letter Tuesday demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways. A joint project of the gay lobbying group GLAAD and the Time’s Up group’s 5050by2020 … [Read More...]

A.W. Richard Sipe, influential voice on clergy sex abuse, dies at 85 in La Jolla

[Editor's note: We have deleted the link to the Bishop Brom information in the Sipe letter. Jim Holman, one of the editors of California Catholic Daily: "I spent time in the 90s with Mark Brooks and Bishop Brom going over the charges against the bishop, especially the ones from Minnesota, and I did … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi Address 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-3917 Phone number (415) 986-4557 Website Hours The main church is open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Lady Chapel (La Porziuncola Nuova) a replica of the church St. … [Read More...]